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Harvesting Miscanthus Power Station

Non Energy Uses

Game Cover

grassMiscanthus makes an excellent low input game cover crop and once established will produce shoots annually for at least 10 years. The growth cycle ensures that by late autumn the canopy has senesced, which allows good walking access and the leaf litter on the floor provides an ideal holding environment. The images here show a crop in the early summer, and then later in the autumn where rides have been cut through the crop. If you would like details and prices for game planting areas please contact David Croxton at MNL. Tel 07850 740 516

Animal Bedding

Miscanthus is used successfully as a high quality bedding product for the equine trade and other markets such as cattle and chicken: where it is supplied as a chipped and de-dusted material in compacted bales. For smaller animals such as cats, a pelleted product Kitty Kanthus is still being developed. For further details please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and a MNL partner will contact you.

There are a number of advantages to using Miscanthus as a bedding product for your animals:
  • Dust extracted
  • Low Odour
  • Very high absorbency
  • Long lasting
  • Economical
  • Recycled and Sustainable
  • 100% Miscanthus grass 



Miscanthus can be used for a number of industrial end markets from environmentally benign paper production through to use in sustainable composite materials. Over many years, MNL partners have been involved in a number of research products to develop the use of Miscanthus, working with leading technology centres like the University of Warwick and through commercial partnerships.

Growing Miscanthus

MNL are actively looking for further growers nationally to grow and process Miscanthus for these end markets. Cane is purchased under long term contracts and processed on dedicated sites designed by MNL partners. If you are interested in growing or purchasing Miscanthus, or if you are a manufacturer wishing to find out more, please email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and we will contact you.